At the foot of the Great Rift Valley sits the tranquil farming community of Njoro. There, a group of Kenyan women, growing larger every day in number; gathers wool from the Kenana Farm and neighboring farms. They wash the wool, dye with all natural plant dyes and then spin it on old bicycle wheels! They then produce the most adorable available.
Unemployment runs 60-80% and those who have work are respected and looked to for support by their extended family. Kenana Knitters was formed with the social aim of giving much needed income to local families, allowing the women to work.
Starting with just a dozen women, the group at Kenana Knitters has now grown to over 300 knitters and 400 spinners; and is increasing on a daily basis The women gather daily to knit and the speed of their flying fingers is not affected by the constant buzz of conversation. They are good at what they do, and they love their work. Each lady signs her name to the story card that accompanies the product as she completes a piece. No two pieces are ever exactly alike which makes each piece unique. The one constant is quality. The knitters make every effort to provide the highest quality fairtrade soft toys available.